The noisy neighbours will make less noise tonight after LVG tasted his first derby win, with the Red Devils producing a high quality football match, going down the memory lanes to when SAF was in charge, to consolidate their third place in the table, and at the same time getting closer to a CL qualification spot, while City were at a complete loss after seeing United outplay them throughout most of the game today. However, a major disappointment for me was Rooney, whose only 2 main contributions were a freekick saved by Hart, and his assist to Mata’s goal, but apart from that, he was running around aimlessly and failed to make a real impact in this derby.
Despite a wobbly start, where the Red Devils found themselves trailing to Aguero’s 8th minute tap-in, the players in red found the required resources to storm back in the game, with Young finding the net on the 14th minute to level the score, and from thereon there was no looking back as Fellaini added a second on the 27th minute, heading in Young’s pin-point cross past Hart. Young and Fellaini were posing problems to City’s backline, along with Blind who provided support to Young on the wing whenever United attacked. Kompany was lucky to stay on the field after a reckless lunge on Blind, while City looked below their usual level to try get back in the first half itself, as United led 2-1 at half time.
The second half saw City threaten again in the opening minutes, but once again United quickly took control of the game, and Mata added a third on the 67th minute, fed in by Rooney to play a one-on-one with Hart, and he coolly slotted the ball between the legs of the onrushing keeper to make the scoreline more comfortable. City’s miseries were not up yet however, as Smalling put afinal nail to their coffin on the 73rd minute, heading in Young’s freekick past Hart once again. United however ended the last 5 minutes of normal time with 10 men, as Carrick walked off the field with an injury, while all 3 subs were already made, and Aguero found the net yet again on the 89th minute as United looked disorganized at the back and in midfield, but City could not stir up a comeback so late in the game, and United held on for a precious win, with now 4 points separating them with City, and next weekend another exiting clash await the Red Devils, as they will travel to Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea, and let’s hope the good momentum continues there as well.